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The 15 Best Blueberries To Grow in 2024

Editor’s note: This is our annually updated list of the best blueberries to grow, based on ratings from the Burpee website. Since last year, we’ve made some changes to reflect new ratings and reviews. Some blueberries have moved up in the ratings, some have moved down, and a few are holding steady. A few blueberries […]

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Sunflower Companion Plants for a Vegetable Garden

Is there any flower more lovely than the sunflower? Famous post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh painted a series of sunflower canvases. It appears on the state flag of Kansas. There’s even a National Sunflower Association, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the agricultural importance of these flowers.

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10 Exciting New Vegetables and Fruits for 2024

What do Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Gilroy, California; Miami, Florida; and Springfield, Ohio, have in common? These locations, along with more than 75 others, are the testing grounds for varieties of new vegetables, flowers, and herbaceous perennials that will become All-America Selections.  AAS is a non-profit organization that tests new varieties of plants for “garden performance” all […]

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5 Different Types of Vegetable Vines You Can Grow

Vertical gardening is very trendy these days, but I think it’s for good reason. Vegetable vines are great for growing “up,” and can be ideal for small gardens and containers. In fact, one of my city-dwelling friends manages to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and pole beans in a few large pots on the front porch. When I learned I could grow squash vertically around an arch trellis instead of, basically, everywhere they want to go, my life was forever changed.

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7 Common Vegetables that Should Not be Planted Together

I remember being in third grade and my teacher separated two of the annoying boisterous kids (okay, one of them was me), and said: “You two just can’t be around each other!”  We were constantly distracting others and getting into trouble. Well, not unlike a couple of disruptive 8-year olds, there are vegetables that should not be planted together.

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2024 Free Seed Catalogs for Veggie Gardeners

Seed catalogs can sometimes be so beautiful that they look like collector’s pieces, and even though they do quite literally expire in use each year, it’s hard to throw them out. When I start getting my seed catalogs in the mail in January, I take to them like a good book and sit down with […]

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7 Shallow Root Vegetables That Grow Great in Containers and Tough Spots

Nice as it would be, we don’t all have big plots of land and healthy, rich soil to grow our gardens. Heck, some of us don’t have any land at all, so we stick to container gardens on the balcony or front porch. Even though that may seem limiting, there are a lot of shallow root vegetables that work in containers or those tough spots that don’t seem useful for growing anything. 

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20 Gardening Myths Busted

Sometimes, gardening advice gets passed around like gossip. It could be gardening tips from your grandfather on your mother’s side or a neighbor’s anecdotal vegetable garden evidence. It’s easy to hear something a few times, begin to believe it, and then adopt it into your own gardening practice. Here are some gardening myths that I’ve heard passed around and how they are based on misinformation or outdated methods.

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The Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Pots

One sunny day in late summer, I went to visit a city-dwelling friend. We went for a walk, and I noted a few porches with a random tomato plant or two in pots and the occasional container garden of basil and thyme. And then. 

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10 Drought-Resistant Vegetables for a Water Conscious Garden

We all know that vegetables need water to grow, but what happens when watering your garden gets complicated. You might live in a dry climate where droughts are common. Or maybe you use well water and need to be careful about using a sprinkler or irrigation system on a regular basis. Whatever your reason, choosing drought-resistant vegetables is a great strategy when planting a water-conscious garden.